Newcastle is one of the most recent additions to Apex Legends' Legend pool. Early on, many players were opting for the defensive tank, with his abilities making him a bit overpowered. However, players have seemingly avoided Newcastle recently, opting for other overpowered legends.
According to Apex Legends Status, a site that tracks the pick rates of each legend in the game, Newcastle has slid from one of the most picked Legends in Season 13 to the least. It's expected for a Legend to drop in rankings periodically, especially when new Legends are added to the game or buffs and nerfs are released. However, the drop for Newcastle was more dramatic than usual, prompting players to demand a buff for him.
While Newcastle started off fairly popular, he has fallen away massively as Season 13 has progressed, now sitting at a pick-rate of just 1.6%. Apex Legends players have gone to Reddit to discuss why this may be the case. One user suggests that Newcastle's shield is easily destroyable, and his Ultimate is just a more technical version of Gibraltar's. This may be a reason why he isn't picked anymore.
"Here we come to what I believe is the main problem why people don't want to play NC," one user suggests, "his active ability sucks (most of the time) and honestly it's also quite boring." Many players are opting for more popular and consistent legends like Octane and Valkyrie.
With Season 14 on the horizon, here's hoping Respawn Entertainment revisit the least picked legends in the game and provides buffs to make the pick rate in Apex Legends more evenly spread out.